What attraction are you embarrassed to say you've never experienced?It's the one ride or show that it seems everyone else in the world has done... except you.
From Robert NilesConfession time, folks. You are all theme park insiders, but I'm willing to bet that there's at least one ride or show out there that it seems everyone else in the world has experienced... everyone except you.
Posted May 21, 2011 at 9:39 PM
Perhaps you've kept it quiet, as not to draw attention to your oversight. No longer. Time to fess up. What's the one really popular ride or show in the theme park world that you've never managed to find time to go on?
And tell us why. :^)
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From Melissa DonahueI'll pretty much try everything at least once, but for some reason, I can't bring myself to brave MaXair at Cedar Point. Imagining myself falling out and flying helplessly through the air or splatting on the ground is enough to resist this ride every time I go to The Point.
Posted May 21, 2011 at 10:07 PM
From Terri PierceI've never been on tea cups at WDW and if I have I was too young to remember. I've also never done country bears jamboree or tiki room.
Posted May 21, 2011 at 11:51 PM
At universal I've never done Sin Bad or Storm Force.
From Mike GallagherX (or X2) at Six Flags Magic Mountain. I've been on (unofficially) 280 coasters as of yesterday. But aside from a bus trip when I was 14, long before my coaster junkie days, I haven't gotten back out to Californy. It was under consideration for this summer, but finances won't allow.
Posted May 22, 2011 at 4:05 AM
From James RaoI am in the same boat as Mike. I haven't been to the "Coaster Capital of the World" (Magic Mountain) since before it was even a Six Flags park. In fact, when I visited last the big new coaster was Colossus - which was awesome, at the time - but I obviously need to get back to Magic Mountain soon, or I will lose my street cred. =)
Posted May 22, 2011 at 4:35 AM
From James KoehlThe train at Magic Kingdom. I've made three trips there from Ohio in my life and for some reason never got around to riding the train. It's not like I was never near it! I ride the train at Cedar Point all the time, so I'm not afraid of it or anything, and this June, when we're at MK I fully ingtend to ride it- one of the first things we do when we enter the park.
Posted May 22, 2011 at 4:36 AM
From James KoehlAnd Melissa, I've never done Maxair either, nor SkyHawk, and I'm not too sure about the new one (Windseeker?). My Lord, when did I become my own father?!
Posted May 22, 2011 at 4:42 AM
From Carrie HoodI won't ride those sky coasters or rip chord type rides. Everyone has to draw a line someplace, Those just happen to be where my personal line is drawn. So I've missed almost all of them at the parks we've been too.
Posted May 22, 2011 at 4:44 AM
A ride I'm embarrassed to say I've missed? Does it count if they where down when I was there? That seems to happen to me a lot! I've missed Kingda Ka and SheKra both due to being down when we've gone. Otherwise the only other thing I can say is Magnum at Cedar Point, due to a 2 hour line and being far more interested in Millennium Force at the time.
From Anthony MurphyThe Hulk at IOA
Posted May 22, 2011 at 9:51 AM
From Andy MilioEvery roller coaster on Earth
Posted May 22, 2011 at 10:10 AM
From Jake JohnsonSkekra at bush gardens tampa.. my 2 girls, 16 and 13, rode it twice back to back.. I almost heaved lunch on the one in "Egypt" Montu so that 100 ft straight drop was a no brainer for not doing.
Posted May 22, 2011 at 12:53 PM
would like to catch CHeeta Chase.. they were just getting started on it last oct when there..
this year Oct, will be IOA and the potter ride.. Will take in Simpson, aka old BTF ride.. goina miss that one but glad i had the chance in 2008 to ride it for what is now the LAST time.. gone but not forgotten.. RIP BTF....
From Colton McLaughlinI'm very embarrassed to say that I've never been on It's a Small World. I know it isn't supposed to be a very good ride, but it is a classic that I mean to ride every time I go to Disney. I just never seem to get the chance because no one else in my family wants to ride it.
Posted May 22, 2011 at 2:11 PM
From damond harrissadly to say....Soarin.... i know its a easy ride, but ive always been very scared of rides for some reason ( well i know that reason but its a long story XD) and denied when asked if i wanted to ride it last time we went. its strange to, because i love riding harry potter...
Posted May 22, 2011 at 5:58 PM
From Formula 40Tower of Terror at DHS. Went there in 2000...was scurred to death.
Posted May 22, 2011 at 6:39 PM
From Melissa Donahue@ James - I've ridden SkyHawk just once, and I'm not sure I'll ever do it again. Those high-in-the-sky swinging rides really freak me out as well as the exposed drop rides, but I've managed to conquer more of those, for some reason. I closed my eyes for most of the ride on SkyHawk which was probably more of a mistake than just looking down at the tiny ant-like people directly below me. I am terrified of heights, but I live for roller coasters. Go figure.
Posted May 22, 2011 at 6:37 PM
From James KoehlMelissa, I understand completely. I'll do Power Tower both ways, but it took me several years to build up the nerve. I have no problem with the highest coaster, and after watching MaxAir and seeing a girl scream and her chewing gum fly out of her mouth I realized that if I rode it I would probably cover viewers on the ground with 4 or 5 of my past meals.
Posted May 22, 2011 at 7:57 PM
From Nick MarkhamMy Walt Disney World trip in 2006 has left me with many regrets. It was just before I became so very interested in theme parks. On the trip to Walt Disney World, I visited all four parks, but did not get to ride or see any of these because I actually had no knowledge of them at the time:
Posted May 22, 2011 at 8:09 PM
And of course, if that isn't bad enough, TH will be apalled to find out I also missed Jungle Cruise!
Of course, without this trip, I wouldn't have been inspired to find out more about theme parks, and then I wouldn't be talking to all of you right now. I guess there is a reason for everything!
From Robert NilesNot counting stuff that's opened this spring, here's what I've missed at the top 10 US theme parks:
Posted May 22, 2011 at 9:22 PM
Disney's Hollywood Studios: The American Idol Experience, Sounds Dangerous, Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage
From M. Ryan TraylorSpiderman. Haven't been to IOA yet. With possibility of work in Orlando, that could change.
Posted May 22, 2011 at 11:07 PM
From duncan hennyi don't know why but i have never done big thunder mountain railroad will do it next year though
Posted May 23, 2011 at 3:24 AM
From James KoehlRobert, you missed "Twister- Ride it out?" Boy, you're lucky. I wish I could say that.
Posted May 23, 2011 at 3:59 AM
From Nick Markham^It is not that bad of an attraction. I actually found it pretty entertaining. Sure it isn't the most amazing attraction ever, but there are far worse attractions.
Posted May 23, 2011 at 6:11 AM
From Derek MorseNot sure if I'm embarrassed, since I live 3,000 miles away, but Disneyland's version of "Pirates of the Carribean." I went my whole life just loving the Magic Kingdom version and assuming the one in California was no different. Then, thanks to this site and ones like it, I find out that the Orlando version is a shorter more abbreviated version and that the one in California longer and in many peoples opinion far superior. Well, I guess I'll have to wait to be able to afford that long awaited trip to California to experience it for myself!
Posted May 23, 2011 at 6:52 AM
From Nick DakuginowAt the main theme parks on Orlando, here's what I have always missed...
Posted May 23, 2011 at 6:58 AM
Magic Kingdom - Swiss Family Treehouse, Enchanted Tiki Room, Tom Sawyer's Island, Hall of Presidents, Liberty Square Riverboat, Tomorrowland Speedway.
Epcot - The Circle of Life, Turtle Talk with Crush, Illuminations!!!
Hollywood Studios - Lights! Motors! Action!
Universal Studios Florida - Hollywood, Rip, Ride, Rockit.
Universal's Islands of Adventure - Dragon Challenge.
SeaWorld Orlando - Kraken.
From Terri PierceDerek I'm right there with you. I've never been to Disney Land or any farther west inside the united states than Alabama. I've gone all the way North and South but never made it to Cali. Cannot wait til I can afford to go!
Posted May 23, 2011 at 10:02 AM
From Mike GallagherMaybe Terri, James, Derek, and I should pool our resources...:)
Posted May 23, 2011 at 10:13 AM
From James KoehlDo I hear "ROAD TRIP!!"? Uh, I better ask my wife first.
Posted May 23, 2011 at 11:07 AM
From Mike GallagherI better ask my wallet.
Posted May 23, 2011 at 11:41 AM
From Samantha McCraeI have unfortuneately seen any of the nighttime shows at WDW :(
Posted May 23, 2011 at 12:15 PM
My parents never seen to want to stay late and we always stay offsite, so I couldnt stay there late myself.
From Ashleigh NoadI'm ashamed to admit, that I've never done 'Journey into the Imagination' and 'Spaceship Earth' at EPCOT...
Posted May 23, 2011 at 1:16 PM
Oh the shame!
From Don NealI grew up in the midwest all my life between Cincy, Detroit, and Indianapolis and have NEVER been to Cedar Point. *GASP*
Posted May 23, 2011 at 1:30 PM
I take a lot of flack for it from friends and family. Not trying to avoid it, it just seems our local trips always end up at King's Island or Holiday World.
From Amanda JenkinsI am so ashamed to say that I have never seen Fantasmic! There were times that we planned on seeing it, but a storm would cancel it, someone would be too tired to wait, or everyone wanted to see either Illuminations or MK's fireworks instead. The shame of it has haunted me to this very day.
Posted May 23, 2011 at 2:44 PM
From TH CreativeThat's easy "Journey Into the Imagination With Figment" ... Oh wait ... the topic is "What attraction are you embarrassed to say you've NEVER experienced?"
Posted May 23, 2011 at 3:10 PM
From Tony DudaI lived in Richmond, VA for 6 years and never went to King's Dominion. Still haven't, that is so sad. I did go to Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
Posted May 23, 2011 at 4:18 PM
From Melissa Donahue@ Don - I live 5 min. from KI and would rather make the drive to Cedar Point any day of the week! You MUST MUST MUST go if you're able to get to The Point!
Posted May 23, 2011 at 7:20 PM
From James RaoMike, James, Derek... I'm in! But let's wait until 2012 when Cars Land is done...we might as well hit it too.
Posted May 23, 2011 at 8:18 PM
And hey, we can get a Monte Cristo at the Blue Bayou and see the real Pirates of the Caribbean!
Can I bring my wife and kids along?
From Terri PierceI'm in for road trip. I've always wanted to fly (from GA) but my boyfriend is deathly afraid of planes... Looks like if I'm ever going to go I'm going to have to road trip it. Maybe it will be our last grand adventure before "Settling down." Then again only the wallet will tell!
Posted May 23, 2011 at 8:47 PM
From TH CreativeMike, James, James and Derek 2012 is a possibility for myself as well. If you want to make the most of the visit plan a late July trip scheduled around ComicCon in San Diego. That's what we did in 2008 and it was BEYOND AWESOME.
Posted May 24, 2011 at 2:18 AM
From James KoehlWhy am I having trouble deciding if everyone in here is partially serious? A TPI road trip/convention? Robert, are you listening to this?
Posted May 24, 2011 at 2:27 AM
From Derek MorseRoad trip would be tons of fun, but I live in Florida, I'm thinking it would take a week just for the drive...I'd vote for an "air trip" :)
Posted May 24, 2011 at 5:31 AM
From TH CreativeI'd fly too ... summer 2012.
Posted May 24, 2011 at 7:55 AM
From Mike GallagherWell, considering the end of the world has now been rescheduled to October 21 of this year, maybe we should hold off on those 2012 plans:)
Posted May 24, 2011 at 9:12 AM
From Robert NilesYou can make the drive from Florida to California in three days. Trust me, I know. ;^)
Posted May 24, 2011 at 10:51 AM
From Terri PierceIt's decided, Derek you have to start as you're in florida, I'll catch up somewhere along the lines and the others will join in as we pass them. ;)
Posted May 24, 2011 at 11:35 AM
From Mark MigliaccioI've got two. Soarin' - mostly because we didn't have time and I thought it wasn't going to be that exciting. And Tower of Terror at DHS. I didn't want to go alone. no one else wanted to ride.
Posted May 24, 2011 at 2:06 PM
From Russell MeyerHercules at Dorney Park---Not that I rode it, but the fact I rode it multiple times thinking that it would magically get better. It is quite possibly the worst wooden roller coaster I've ever ridden, and justly torn down and replaced with Hydra.
Posted May 24, 2011 at 8:12 PM
From Steph RamosEverything at the California Adventure park at Disneyland....its the only theme park I'm sad to say I haven't visited in my general SoCal area....:( (Even Sea World has been a previous destination of mine)
Posted May 25, 2011 at 12:03 AM
Don't get me wrong...I would've visited sooner...but at the time it was easily accessible for me to go, the park wasn't exactly getting a good rep. Since then, I've heard nothing but awesome things...but I think i'll hold out on visiting the park untill all the construction is completed...:)
From Ben JamesWOW! Here is my list.
Posted May 25, 2011 at 12:34 AM
2006 (a 3-day blitz, while driving to and from Ft. Lauderdale each day)
Mexican River Ride
Honey, I shrunk the kids play area
Islands of Adventure
Amazing Adventures of Spiderman
[Same vacation different day]
Busch Gardens Africa
Tomorrow Land Speedway
Turtle Talk with Crush
From Lauren HayhurstI’m actually having a hard time thinking of, not what I’ve missed out, but what I’ve missed out and am embarrassed out. What’s to be embarrassed about anyway? Umm… dunno. On our last trip we actually went out of our way to do things we’d previously missed – like Carrousel of Progress at MK. Wouldn’t do it again, but it was a nice rest in the peaceful darkness and a very catchy tune – “There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow…waiting at the end of every day…”
Posted May 25, 2011 at 1:00 AM
No, I’ve racked my brains and I think I can safely say I’ve done everything in each WDW park and both UF parks in my lifetime unless it opened in the last month. Please. Somebody challenge me. There must be SOMETHING good I’ve missed out.
Robert - In response to your misses: you HAVE to experience Rip Ride Rockit. It’s completely insane. The ascent totally gives you a head-rush, the whole thing is so smooth. But make sure to choose a song with a fast opener coz you wont get to hear it all. I chose Daft Punk which was too slow to get going.
Also, do not bother with Sounds Dangerous. It was a complete waste of time, all four people in my party didn’t experience the surround-sound in the headphones, Drew Carey was the most unfunny I’ve ever seen him and it was basically just embarrassing for the host because as everybody (all 6 people) left the theatre 2 were saying how terrible it was – quite loudly.
Now Twister I would bother with. It’s tame but interesting and fun to watch the tornado rip into everything. (Make sure you get in the front row of standing area in the final room.)
Nick – I would defo recommend the Swiss Family Treehouse, Enchanted Tiki Room, and Tom Sawyer's Island. Turtle Talk with Crush is a bit slow as it’s really just for little kids. You HAVE to see Illuminations next time you’re at EPCOT, but perhaps not Circle of Life unless you have heaps of time, obviously the Lion King show in AK is better.
Maybe we should talk about what attractions you WISH you HADN’T done! I wish I’d never bothered with Sounds Dangerous, American Adventure, Hall of Presidents (although good for a snooze), the Simpsons, Kali River Rapids (unless there’s no queue), Beetlejuice Graveyard Review and Dr. Doom.
From Kelly MuggletonAlmost every one of these comments had me screaming in my mind - you HAVE to go on it!
Posted May 25, 2011 at 6:57 AM
But in 22 years of visiting WDW...I have never been to see the Country bear Jamboree.
And I havent been on Harry Potter...until around the 1st September rolls around! :-))
From Bob MillerSpace Mountain. I went in 06 and I was too scared and when i was ready to brave it again in 09 it was closed for the big renovation
Posted May 26, 2011 at 4:20 PM
From Joshua CounsilI've only ever visited Canada, the U.S., and Cuba - nothing outside of North America.
Posted May 26, 2011 at 4:47 PM
From Tim HillmanI'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that I haven't bothered to walk through World Showcase in Epcot. I get as far as Canada on the one side or Norway on the other side and I can't seem to find a motivating factor to continue around the lake. Now if Disney put a really cool dark ride somewhere in one of the countries back there, I think I could convince myself the walk was worth it.
Posted May 27, 2011 at 7:10 AM
From Manny BarronPteranodon Flyers at IOA.
Posted May 27, 2011 at 1:50 PM
From Donna McKayHollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit....got to the front of the queue...then ran out the chicken run :( Next time- for sure!
Posted May 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM
From Scott BHere are my Disney World entries....
Posted June 1, 2011 at 11:35 AM
I have never been to the Country bear Jamboree or the Hall of Presidents. I'm aware that those are glaring omissions.
I also have never been on Dumbo or the Astro Orbiters, but I can kind of guess what is going on with those ride, so I have made my peace with it. Strangely enough, I have been on The Magic Carpets of Aladdin a few times. Yeah, I can't explain it.
The one that makes me the most mad is that I have never been on Everest though I have been to Animal Kingdom four times! The first time, there was no Everest, so there was little I could do there. The second time, Everest was done and they were running tests, but it wasn't open to to public. It just sat there mocking me. The next two times, it was closed for god knows what reason. Again, more mocking.
From Anthony O'NealI'm not sure if I'm embarrassed to have missed some. I've ridden all of the major or most well-known at quite a few parks. I suppose MaXair would be the one for me, but in my defense, it was closed until right after we ate lunch, and the events of the ride finishing on each of the first two runs (which I was watching) required at least part of the ride to be washed down. That was it for me.
Posted June 1, 2011 at 7:01 PM
I know there are coasters I have yet to ride, but I'll get to them!
From David SutterActually theres only 2 and both are in the Magic Kingdom..Dont laugh Mad Hatters Tea Party..ANd The Flying Carpets
Posted June 4, 2011 at 5:20 AM
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